The NHL's 2021-22 regular-season schedule will include a break for the Winter Olympics in Beijing, sources with knowledge of the schedule confirmed on Monday.
The Olympic break is reportedly scheduled from Feb. 5-22, 2022. The schedule, which will be released on Thursday, is expected to include a caveat that NHL participation in the 2022 Winter Games isn't yet guaranteed.
Opening ceremonies for the Beijing Games are scheduled for Feb. 4, 2022. Preliminary-round games in the men's ice hockey tournament are scheduled to begin around Feb. 9.
The NHL has announced that the 2022 All-Star Weekend will be held in Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena "during the traditional midway point of the regular season." The NHL All-Star Game will be the last on-ice event before the Olympic break, but it's unclear whether it's considered part of that break.